Scouting the Draft: You're "De von ta"t i want. Devonta Freeman RB, Florida State

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Devonta Freeman:

5’8", 206lbs, 29 3/8" Arms, 9 5/8" Hands

Combine Numbers:

40 time: 4.58

10-Yd split: 1.59

Vertical: 31.5"

Broad: 9’10"

3 Cone: 7.11

Shuttle: 4.26

Devonta Freeman is one of my favorite late round prospects. He is another one of my college Fantasy Football team that racked up the points for me all season. For me, Freeman was the most dangerous player on the FSU BSC Championship winning team. Teams had to account for him as both a runner and as a pass catching threat out of the backfield. His stats from his time at FSU looks like this:

2013: 173Att, 1016yds, 5.87yds Avg, 14TD’s….. 22 catches, 278yds, 12.64yds Avg 1TD

2012: 111Att, 660yds, 5.95yds Avg, 8TD’s……. 10 catches, 86yds, 8.6yds Avg, 0TD’s

2011: 120Att, 579yds, 4.83yds Avg, 8TD’s…… 15 catches, 111yds, 7.4yds Avg, 0TD’s

I must make an admission here and tell you I’m a big fan of the Lions RB Joique Bell. I think Bell would be the ideal complement for Ivory and Powell. Freeman IMO fits the Bell mold and seems like an ideal fit for a MM Offence.

Freeman runs with power and with good pad level. He has great vision, finding small creases in traffic and using his light feet and agility to make Defenders miss. He isn't a burner but he isn't slow either. He explodes through the hole and can turn the corner using his low center of gravity to gain extra yards after contact.

As a Pass Blocker Freeman needs to hone his technique but he’s a willing blocker, unafraid of contact and regularly puts his body into harm’s way to keep his quarterback upright. Even though he plays reckless Freeman has never missed a game because of injury in his three years. Freeman was also a nice safety valve for Winston with 22 catches out of the backfield this season. He has the skill set to immediately make an impact on third downs with his hands and pass-blocking ability.

Freeman’s performance was almost overlooked in the BCS Championship game against Auburn, with Tre Mason taking most of the plaudits (and rightfully so) but Freeman in his own right put up impressive stats against a very good Defense, finishing with 11 rushes for 73 yards and a TD and 3 catches for 21 yards.

Freeman is seen by most as a 5th-7th round prospect and I think that about fair. I see Freeman as an ideal candidate for using one of our comp or late round picks on. He could just be the player we need to complete our trio of RB’s. What do you all think? Comment below, feedback welcomed.

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